Matthew Guerrieri's Proustian quiz:
1. Name an opera you love for the libretto, even though you don't particularly like the music.
Stephen Paulus' The Postman Always Rings Twice.
2. Name a piece you wish Glenn Gould had played.
Basic Training, Lee Hyla.
3. If you had to choose: Charles Ives or Carl Ruggles?
Ives, but I love Ruggles' Sun-Treader.
4. Name a piece you're glad Glenn Gould never played.
Trois Gymnopédies, Erik Satie.
5. What's your favorite unlikely solo passage in the repertoire?
The piccolo solo that ends Carter's Symphonia.
6. What's a Euro-trash high-concept opera production you'd love to see? (No Mortier-haters get to duck this one, either—be creative.)
Parsifal in Vegas.
7. Name an instance of non-standard concert dress you wish you hadn't seen.
Pass; we don't get much of that around here. One I'm glad I did see was Dr. John Boda wearing a scarlet tux to play on my doctoral recital.
8. What aging rock-and-roll star do you wish had tried composing large-scale chorus and orchestra works instead of Paul McCartney?
Ugh. Jeez. Hell, I don't know. Crap. The guy that sang for the Ides of March, I guess.
9. If you had to choose: Carl Nielsen or Jean Sibelius?
10. If it was scientifically proven that Beethoven's 9th Symphony caused irreversible brain damage, would you still listen to it?